Docent Training Classes

The Gardens will be holding training classes for persons interested in becoming a Docent. Classes begin on Tuesday February 1st and continue each Tuesday for four weeks. Docents at the Gardens are trained to conduct garden tours as well as tours of the Hiram Butler House. Classes consists of information on Woody & Herbaceous plants, Garden Sculpture and a History … Read More

History of the Hiram Butler House

Hiram Anderson Butler

In 1880, Hiram Anderson Butler built the home that is the centerpiece of Smith-Gilbert Gardens, just outside of what was then called Big Shanty, now Kennesaw. The house is located on what was originally Cherokee land that was disbursed as Land Lot 178 through the 1832 Land Lottery. According to historical land records, Butler bought 160 acres on January 7, … Read More